Thursday, October 20, 2016

"Iowa's First Woman Elected" -- Reminisce Society

Cheryl Mullenbach Presents 
Iowa’s First Woman Elected: Julia Addington 

Tuesday, October 25th @ 10 a.m.

For the October Reminisce Society meeting the Ottumwa Public Library is happy to host Cheryl Mullenbach as she presents “Iowa’s First Woman Elected: Julia Addington”.

Cheryl Mullenbach is an award-winning Iowa author. Her children’s and young adult books have won recognition from the American Library Association, International Literacy Association, and National Council of Social Studies. When the FDR Presidential Library and Museum featured Cheryl as one of ten authors at their 2013 reading festival, her talk was broadcast on C-SPAN’s Book TV series. Her weekly Iowa history column is featured by newspapers across the state.

Cheryl’s research on Julia Addington led to the question, “Did Iowa elect the first woman to office in the United States?” Iowan Julia Addington was elected county school superintendent in Mitchell County, Iowa, in 1869. By some accounts, she was the first woman elected to office in the United States. In her talk about the rowdy, raucous election of Julia, Cheryl will introduce the audience to “zealous supporters of women’s rights,” “soreheads,” and “renegade” party leaders who drew national attention to Iowa in 1869.

Plan to join us on Tuesday, October 25th, for a discussion of Iowa’s politics and the woman who made history. The Reminisce Society’s programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library’s director, Sonja Ferrell at 641-682-7563, extension 202